Monte Cristi Province

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Coordinates: 19°51′0″N 71°39′0″W / 19.85000°N 71.65000°W / 19.85000; -71.65000
Monte Cristi
Province
Monte Cristi, Coastline.JPG
Coastline of Monte Cristi
Country  Dominican Republic
Capital San Fernando de Monte Cristi
 - elevation 16 m (52 ft)
 - coordinates 19°51′0″N 71°39′0″W / 19.85000°N 71.65000°W / 19.85000; -71.65000
Area 1,924.35 km2 (743 sq mi)
Population 150,833 (2014) [1]
Density 78 / km2 (202 / sq mi)
Province since 1879
Subdivisions 6 municipalities
4 municipal districts
Congresspersons 1 Senator
2 Deputies
Timezone EST (UTC-4)
Area code 1-809 1-829 1-849
ISO 3166-2 DO-15
Postal Code 62000
Location of the Monte Cristi Province

Monte Cristi (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈmonte ˈkɾisti]) is a province in the north-west of the Dominican Republic. The capital city is San Fernando de Monte Cristi (usually simply Monte Cristi). The spelling Montecristi is also seen.

Municipalities and municipal districts[edit]

The province as of June 20, 2006 is divided into the following municipalities (municipios) and municipal districts (distrito municipal - D.M.) within them:[2]

The following is a sortable table of the municipalities and municipal districts with population figures as of the 2012 census. Urban population are those living in the seats (cabeceras literally heads) of municipalities or of municipal districts. Rural population are those living in the districts (Secciones literally sections) and neighborhoods (Parajes literally stops) outside of them.[3]

Name Total population Urban population Rural population
Castañuela 14,878 4,005 10,873
Guayubín 32,586 5,899 26,687
Las Matas de Santa Cruz 18,756 9,515 9,241
Pepillo Salcedo 11,588 4,983 6,605
San Fernando de Monte Cristi 42,657 26,868 15,789
Villa Vásquez 15,245 12,191 3,054
Monte Cristi province 135,710 63,461 72,249

For comparison with the municipalities and municipal districts of other provinces see the list of municipalities and municipal districts of the Dominican Republic.

Also see Panama hats: Every Panama hat is unique as the making of the hats is a cottage industry and some of the finest panamas are made in Montecristi. The finest woven hats can take up to 6 months to weave and can command prices of up to £1,000. The best hats have to be woven in the right conditions and especially humidity. The weavers split the fibre razor thin and plait ring after ring of palm fibre constantly dipping their finger tips into water.

The finest panamas have a very silky texture and when held up to the light you can see a spiral of rings together with the weaver’s signature. These rings are called ‘vueltas’ and the more there are determines the quality of the hat. The cheaper quality hats may only have around ten ‘vueltas’ whereas a Montecristi Superino may have up to forty.

Panamas are exported from Ecuador in the form of hoods. These are then blocked by specialist hat factories into the two principal shapes which is the Trilby and the Folding Panama.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Consejo Nacional de Población y Familia. "Estamaciones y Proyecciones de la Población Dominicana por Regiones, Provincias, Municipios y Distritos Municipales, 2014" (PDF) (in Spanish). Retrieved 2014-02-02. 
  2. ^ Oficina Nacional de Estadistica, Departamento de Cartografia, Division de Limites y Linderos. "Listado de Codigos de Provincias, Municipio y Distritos Municipales, Actualizada a Junio 20 del 2006" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2007-01-24. 
  3. ^ Consejo Nacional de Población y Familia. "Censos y Proyecciones de la Población Dominicana por Regiones, Provincias, Municipios y Distritos Municipales, 2012" (PDF) (in Spanish). Retrieved 2012-01-11. 

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